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NSN Director: All private schools and FTSE 100 companies must step up and support state schools

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
NSN Director Luke Tryl responds to the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission report 'Elitist Britain 2019'.

"Despite all of the progress we have made in spreading educational opportunity, the sad fact is, as this report from the Sutton Trust shows children’s life chances are still dependent on their parents ability to pay.

"We believe it is quite simply morally wrong that the quality of your education should be dependent on what your parents can afford. That’s why at NSN we campaign to make sure that every child can go to an Outstanding school that helps them unlock their full potential.

"Across the country there are 500 schools that haven’t been rated Good in over a decade. Wealthy parents can afford to buy their way out, however most parents can’t. That’s why the free schools programme is so important, giving every family the chance to demand more for their children. 

"Private schools themselves need to recognise their privileged position and do more to justify generous tax breaks. For instance by using their resources to support schools in the state sector. But resources and facilities aren’t the only way. Private schools and businesses can give back by supporting senior leaders to join school trust boards. Our Academy Ambassadors programme helps match experienced professionals to school trusts. We want all private schools and FTSE 100 companies to step up and support local state schools to improve the life chances of every child."